Tourism Day at Ullapool High School is a massive success!

As part of Ullapool High School’s scheduled DYW activities, we organised a tourism day for S3 Ullapool and Gairloch High School students with the event turning out to be a very fun, interactive and overall, massive success. As the Highlands is a place that attracts many tourists every year due to it’s fantastic scenery, history and Outlander and Harry Potter landmarks, the school and DYW thought it was a good idea to run a tourism event so that pupils could see what opportunities are available in this particular work sector. Beautiful Scotland has been attracting many visitors for years as Queen Victoria once stated that it was a beautiful country which she was proud to call her own.

Well Known Tourism Names

In order for pupils to find out about the extensive range of tourism opportunities, we asked well known tourism companies to attend the event and to our absolute delight, The Torridon Hotel, Inverewe Gardens, North Coast 500, Visit Wester Ross, Caledonian MacBrayne, Visit Scotland and Ullapool Harbour attended. The Torridon Hotel opened the event with a fantastic presentation informing the pupils about why tourism is important for the economy and creating jobs before students circulated around each employer table to ask questions and participate in numerous, educational and fun activities. One Gairloch High pupil commented:

“I found the trip very interesting. It provided me with lots of knowledge about apprenticeships that I didn’t know before and I also found out a lot about tourism in Ullapool. I liked the trip and I got to meet new people.”

Ullapool Harbour and The Torridon Hotel delighted students by issuing a quiz where the most knowledgeable students won a Harbour calendar and a stuffed Highland cow named Truffles who is also the Torridon’s mascot! CalMac representatives brought along an impressive full scale CalMac ship model in a glass case before telling students about jobs and the 32 islands that the ferries travel to on a daily basis. Meanwhile,Visit Scotland tested pupils’ geography knowledge by issuing them with blank maps of Scotland and asked them to identify key landmarks and islands while Inverewe Gardens told pupils key company facts and figures before issuing each student with a questionnaire to see what they could remember. All employers gave out information leaflets and website addresses as an extra information source so that students would know where to apply for future job and apprenticeship opportunities.

Future Opportunities

In a rapidly evolving world where there are now so many opportunities for young people to learn, grow and develop, students were spoilt for choice in terms of tourism career options. As a young person working for Ullapool Harbour Trust, there are opportunities to work on cruise ships as anything from a singer to a captain whereas at Visit Scotland, pupils can work in any centre as an adviser and work their way up to a manager position. At the Torridon, young people can apply for numerous apprenticeships in housekeeping, cooking and front of house with live in accommodation and meals provided. CalMac also offer everything from engineering, ticket office and hospitality opportunities! Harbour Master, Kevin Peach concluded:

“Delighted to be given the opportunity to interview and advise the Ullapool High School pupils, great bunch of engaged youngsters with real ambition and vision for the their future careers.”


We certainly hope that our young students will be applying for these future tourism vacancies and would like to thank all the employers for taking the time to come and interact with Ullapool and Gairloch High School pupils!

For more information regarding how to get involved with DYW West Highland, contact the team on: / 01397 705 765 / Facebook / Twitter or call in and see us in the office at 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH